United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continue the war of drugs and last week confiscated approximately 3,700 lbs. of marijuana hidden within an 18-wheeler truck.
Reports state that the drug was confiscated at the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge in Laredo, Texas from a tractor-trailer carrying lettuce from Mexico.
The vehicle was inspected under a secondary revision and over 5,700 packages of what was later confirmed to be Marijuana was found. The street value of the narcotic is believed to be up to $ 740,000 dollars in the street market.
CBP officials detained the driver of the 18-wheeler who will possibly be charged with multiple counts including the importation of a controlled substance into the U.S which is a highly punishable federal offense.
In accordance with a United States Library of Congress report issued it is estimated that 50 percent of the marijuana available in the United States is imported into the nation. The report further states that law enforcement officials across the nation believe that only 10 percent of the marijuana being smuggled into the United States is ever intercepted/ caught.